Re: [Evolution] Evolution forces conversion from mbox to maildir

Gesendet: Mittwoch, 11. Dezember 2019 um 09:17 Uhr
Von: "Milan Crha via evolution-list" <evolution-list gnome org>
An: evolution-list gnome org
Betreff: Re: [Evolution] Evolution forces conversion from mbox to maildir

On Tue, 2019-12-10 at 21:45 +0100, Martin Wagner wrote:
Do you have any solution for a working batch conversion please?

which version did you update from, please? The only forced conversion
from mbox to Maildir is done for On This Computer account, located at


No other accounts should be affected by it. The more importantly, the
switch to Maildir for On This Computer account had been done years ago,
even before 3.6.0 release (which is the second half of 2012).

To know whether the migration is needed Evolution checks whether


directory exists. If not, and if the local storage exists, then the
migration is needed. Is that directory gone in your installation?

Thank you for the responses. @Milan:

~/.local/share/evolution/mail/local/ is where all of my email is stored. I have five mail adresses and two 
for work, and on top of that I have setup a number of folders in Evolution where I store a ton of emails I 
need or want to keep. Out of these seven mail accounts, six are POP3. The one IMAP works flawlessly ofc., it 
isn't local anyway. I have set a number of filters and rules to do a little of basic sorting of fetched mails 
into folders, and spamassassin to get me rid of the spam, though that has more false positives for me than 
filtered junk. Different story.

Everything in there is gone now, aka moved to the inaccessible local mbox account, I started with a total of 
zero mails after the failed conversion, only the newly fetched mails appeared after a few seconds.

You say the conversion should have taken place years ago? Well in that case - how can Evolution mistake the 
Maildir storage for mbox and force the conversion? That would explain the failed attempt though! Converning 
the .Outbox folder, that has to wait until my lunchbreak or tonight. I am on my work laptop rn. I didn't 
change anything there either, didn't delete it nor move it nor even look at it the wrong way >.<

I will check later and report back.

Thanks again, Martin

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